Archaeological Research Program at Chavín de Huántar, Perú
The University of Rochester will be collaborating with Stanford University (Director: John W. Rick, PhD) to conduct investigations at the archaeological site of Chavín de Huántar. Chavín de Huántar is a 3000 year-old site located approximately 3180 m.a.s.l. in the Cajellon de Conchucos, Ancash, Perú. This UNESCO world heritage site was a religious pilgrimage center from 1200-500 BC, and contains several monumental stone temples and plazas as well as underground galleries and drainage canals. This program will provide University of Rochester students the opportunity to participate in active archaeological research. This field program will specifically focus on two mains aspects of the project: 1) database creation and management (Filemaker Pro) of excavations field and material analysis data; and 2) recording and modeling of underground galleries to better understand Chavin building practices and recommend conversation solutions. Depending on which aspect the students want to focus on, students will receive training in excavation techniques, engineering survey techniques, artifact identification and processing, database creation, and artifact analysis. In addition, students will become familiar with the scholarly debates and research that have occurred at Chavín over the past 50 years through lectures, readings, and field trips.
Advanced Research Topics at Chavin de Huantar (6 credits)
- To count towards a cluster, major, or minor, fill out a course exception form and consult with the appropriate department.
Prehistory of Ancient Peru (ATH 221)*
*Not required but strongly suggested
The objective of this course is to provide students with the opportunity to actively participate in archaeological research at Chavin de Huantar. Students will receive training in archaeological field and laboratory methods, including excavation techniques, field documentation, photogrammetry, artifact identification and processing, database creation, and artifact analysis. In addition, students will become familiar with the scholarly research and debates about Chavin through class lectures and readings. By the end of this course, students will have developed (or contributed to an existing) research project that will culminate in a final paper (~8 double spaced pages).
Students will work with the program director(s) to establish their research project before traveling to Peru. Research projects may focus on a variety of topics that range from engineering, materials science, database management, artifact analysis, or excavation reports. Students will be on site excavating Monday through Friday from 8am to 5pm, and Saturdays from 8am to noon. In addition, students will be required to do lab work at least twice a week. On Monday evenings, we will have class discussion about the readings that will be available through Blackboard.
Students are expected to attend fieldwork and class meetings unless absent because of illness. Misconduct will not be tolerated.
Cost of program is $4,930 (airplane tickets not included).
Final selections are based on interview with the project director(s).
Scholarships for UR Faculty Education Abroad Programs
You may be eligible to receive a scholarship for this Program. Read the Scholarships document in your Learning Content for details.
There are many scholarships and funding sources, both need and merit-based, for education abroad, and we encourage you to apply. Visit our Scholarships
page for more information.
Do not wait until the last minute to research what you may be eligible for, as scholarships are competitive, and will not be awarded for poorly-written applications. Scholarships for short-term and summer programs, and for international students, are limited, so it’s especially important to begin looking for scholarships sooner, rather than later.
Applications may require a copy of your official transcript, essays or personal statement, letters of recommendation, and financial aid information.
Peru requires travel visas for certain countries. Please check with your embassy for further information.
A round trip ticket from the USA to Peru usually costs between $700-1000.
- June 27: Students arrive to Peru and will be will be staying at Hostal Rojas in Miraflores, Lima, Peru.
- June 28: We will go on a walking tour of central Lima, and visit several museums including the San Francisco Catacombs, and Larco Museum.
- June 29: Travel to Chavín de Huántar from Lima
- June 30- August 9: Fieldwork Students can expect to be on site learning excavation field methods Monday through Friday from 8am – 5pm, and on Saturdays from 8am-1pm. On Monday evenings, we will have class discussion about the readings.
Stefanie L. Bautista, PhD